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Mid-Century Modern Toys

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by celebrated manufacturer Knoll, a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture designers caught the spirit.

Classically oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb, who designed holistic groups of sleek, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

Generations turn over, and mid-century modern remains arguably the most popular style going. As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Antique Paper Mache Bobble Head Mikey Mouse ca. 1930s
Located in Berghuelen, DE
Antique Paper Mache Bobble Head Mikey Mouse ca. 1930s A rare paper mache Mickey Mouse with bobble head manufactured ca. 1930s. With stamp on the base: "...
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Early 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Paper

Vintage Illuminated Nut Crackers
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Large signs plastic nut crackers. Set of two nut crackers, industrial plastic and illuminated sign from the Bullock department store in L.A.  
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Plastic

Mid-Century Coca Cola Delivery Truck by Buddy L, C1960
By Buddy L. 1
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous buddy L Coca Cola delivery truck with aluminum hand truck from the late fifties early sixties. One rear tire is smaller by not much, it's a little dif...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Aluminum, Steel

Black Leather Stuffed Elephant Toy
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Hand-sewn black leather stuffed elephant figurine toy. He will make a wonderful gift for anyone who loves elephants. In the style of Dimitri Omersa'...
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Late 20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Leather

Marilyn Neuhart Alexander Girard Doll Textiles & Objects
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rare Hand Made Doll, by Marilyn Neuhart for Textiles & Objects, which was a "pop up shop" conceived by Alexander Girard and sponsored by Herman Miller in May of 1961. See the last tw...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Wool, Linen, Silk

Marilyn Neuhart Alexander Girard Doll from Textiles & Objects
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rare Hand Made Doll, by Marilyn Neuhart for Textiles & Objects, which was a "pop up shop" conceived by Alexander Girard and sponsored by Herman Miller in May of 1961. See the last tw...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Wool, Linen, Silk

Rietveld Scale Model Kit Bouwplaat, 1987
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Rietveld Scale Model Kit Bouwplaat 1987 In good original condition with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Gerrit ...
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1980s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Plastic, Paper

Pair of Spanish Vintage Volador Metal Roller Skates, circa 1970
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Vintage pair of metal "Volador" roller skates. Manufactured in Spain, circa 1970. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful pa...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Metal

Marilyn Neuhart Alexander Girard Doll Textiles & Objects
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rare Hand Made Doll, by Marilyn Neuhart for Textiles & Objects, which was a "pop up shop" conceived by Alexander Girard and sponsored by Herman Miller in May of 1961. See the last tw...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Wool, Linen, Silk

Marilyn Neuhart Alexander Girard Doll Textiles and Objects
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rare Hand Made Doll, by Marilyn Neuhart for Textiles & Objects, which was a "pop up shop" conceived by Alexander Girard and sponsored by Herman Miller in May of 1961. See the last tw...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Wool, Linen, Silk

Antique Cork Construction Set Game, circa 1930
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Antique cork construction game. By unknown manufacturer from Spain, circa 1930. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, pre...
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1930s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Cork

Putaway, Vintage Toy Chest in Lacquered Metal, circa 1960
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Putaway, vintage toy chest in lacquered metal, circa 1960.
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Mid-20th Century Canadian Mid-Century Modern Toys

Materials

Metal

Mid Century Tin Litho Friction Police Highway Patrol Helicopter, C1960, Japan
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous friction helicopter from Japan C 1960. Toy works great, push copter and the blades start spinning. Does not fly, nor was it intended to. Great graph...
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Tin

Marilyn Neuhart Alexander Girard Doll from Textiles and Objects
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rare Hand Made Doll, by Marilyn Neuhart for Textiles & Objects, which was a "pop up shop" conceived by Alexander Girard and sponsored by Herman Miller in May of 1961. See the last tw...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Wool, Linen, Silk

Mid-Century Modern Red Colored Steel Miniature Crane
Located in Doornspijk, NL
Steel toy crane with lots of appeal. It is plain and pretty, sitting on four wheels. The hook really works well.
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Toys

Materials

Steel

Traditional Antique Button Soccer Game Figure, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table button soccer game player. Traditional figure used to play this classic button Spanish game. The figure is usually made by attaching a football pla...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Paper

Traditional Antique Button Soccer Game Figure, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table button soccer game player. Traditional figure used to play this classic button Spanish game. The figure is usually made by attaching a football pla...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Paper

Traditional Antique Button Soccer Game Figure, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table button soccer game player. Traditional figure used to play this classic button Spanish game. Manufactured in Spain, circa 1950. In original ...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Paper

Traditional Antique Button Soccer Game Figure, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table button soccer game player. Traditional figure used to play this classic button Spanish game. Manufactured in Spain, circa 1950. In original ...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

Materials

Paper

Traditional Antique Button Soccer Game Figure, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table button soccer game player. Traditional figure used to play this classic button Spanish game. The figure is usually made by attaching a football pla...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

Materials

Paper

Antique Traditional Spanish Rag Doll, circa 1930
Located in Barcelona, ES
Antique early 20th century hand painted rag doll of man wearing a top hat. Manufactured circa 1930 in Spain. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. This exquisite antique rag doll...
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1930s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Fabric

Set of Two Antique Traditional Spanish Rag Doll, circa 1930
Located in Barcelona, ES
Antique early 20th century pair of hand painted rag dolls of two women. Manufactured circa 1930 in Spain. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, prese...
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1930s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Fabric

billard pokerballs aramith belgium 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
billard pokerballs aramith belgium 1950s Original condition
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1950s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

Materials

Polyester

Collection of Minster and Meteor Metal Friction Cars All with original boxes
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Collection of Minster and Meteor Metal Friction Cars All with original boxes, Volkswagen and 2 Pontiac Chieftan All in good Condition, the boxes are not perfect 10”x 4”x 3.5” FB201
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

Materials

Metal

Handmade original Dresden artist dolls / hand puppet - Gretel, 1970s
Located in Schwerin, MV
Handmade original Dresden artist dolls / hand puppet - Gretel, as good as new. Collector's item from the former GDR. Special artist doll with legs, high qu...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Textile

Handmade original Dresden artist dolls / hand puppet - indian woman, 1970s
Located in Schwerin, MV
Handmade original Dresden artist dolls / hand puppet with legs - Indian woman, as good as new. Collector's item from the former GDR. Special artist doll wi...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Textile

Handmade original Dresden artist dolls / hand puppet - Kasper, 1970s
Located in Schwerin, MV
Handmade original Dresden artist dolls / hand puppet - Kasper, as good as new. Collector's item from the former GDR. Special artist doll, high quality and ...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Textile

Handmade original Dresden artist dolls / hand puppet - police officer, 1970s
Located in Schwerin, MV
Handmade original Dresden artist puppets / hand puppet - police officer, as good as new. Collector's item from the former GDR. Special artist doll, high qu...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Textile

2 Vintage Building Block Sets, German, Pine, Toy Box, After Froebel, Baukasten
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is a set of two vintage building block cases. A German, pine toy box or baukasten in the manner of Froebel, dating to the mid 20th century, circa 1950. Two fascinating building...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Wood

Set of Five Vintage Christmas Big Nutcrackers, Erzgebirge, Germany, 1970
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Big wooden nutcrackers figures from the Erzgebirge. The region Erzgebirge formerly Eastern Germany is famous for this special kind of nutcrackers, where intricate carving has been ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Wood

Children Steiff Large Plush Turtle Toy with Glass Button Eyes 1960s and Wheels
Located in Antwerp, BE
A original Steiff Turtle "sit on" and "pull toy," circa 1950s. Has original pull chord and original rubber wheels with red painted sides; original bar over the top. All original pain...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Metal

Set of 10 Traditional Antique Button Soccer Game Figures, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of ten table button soccer game players. Traditional figures used to play this classic button Spanish game. Manufactured in Spain, circa 1950. In original condition, with ...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

Materials

Paper

Set of 9 Traditional Antique Button Soccer Game Figures, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of nine table button soccer game players. Traditional figures used to play this classic button Spanish game. Manufactured in Spain, circa 1950. In original condition, with...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Paper

Antique Century Traditional Toy Singer Sewing Machine Reproduction, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Vintage metal toy Singer sewing machine reproduction. In original condition, wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. ...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Metal

Antique Traditional Spanish Rag Doll, circa 1920
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Antique early 20th century hand painted rag doll of parish priest. Manufactured circa 1920 in Spain. In original condition, with minor wear consistent ...
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1920s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Fabric

Antique Traditional Rag Doll, circa 1920
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Antique early 20th century hand painted rag doll of woman dressed with a kimono. Manufactured circa 1920 in Spain. In original condition, with minor wear c...
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1920s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

Materials

Fabric

Set of Two Antique Traditional Spanish Rag Doll, circa 1920
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Antique early 20th century pair of hand painted rag dolls. Manufactured circa 1920 in Spain. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beaut...
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1920s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

Materials

Fabric

Set of 2 Traditional Antique Button Soccer Game Figures, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of two table button soccer game players. Traditional figures used to play this classic button Spanish game. The players are build buy attaching a...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

Materials

Paper

Antique Traditional Spanish Bullfighter 'Torero' Rag Doll, circa 1920
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Antique early 20th century hand painted rag doll of a traditional Spanish dressed with traditional bullfighter 'torero' costume. Manufactured circa 1920 ...
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1920s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Fabric

Ko Verzuu for Ado, Mid-Century Modern, Wood Car Construction Netherlands Toy
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Toy designed by Ko Verzuu, circa 1950. Manufactured by ADO in Netherlands. Blue trailer with wooden wheel and set of blocks. Signed with an ADO metal plate. In good origina...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Wood

Set of Two Antique Traditional Spanish Rag Doll, circa 1920
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Antique early 20th century hand painted rag doll of two men dressed with folklore costumes. Both dolls present a quilted traditional Scottish garment. Manufactured circa 1920 in Spa...
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1920s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Fabric

Set of 6 Traditional Antique Button Soccer Game Figures, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of six table button soccer game players. Traditional figures used to play this classic button Spanish game. The players are build buy attaching a printed photography or drawi...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

Materials

Paper

Set of 6 Traditional Antique Button Soccer Game Figures, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of six table button soccer game players. Traditional figures used to play this classic button Spanish game. The players are build buy attaching a...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

Materials

Paper

Set of 3 Traditional Antique Button Soccer Game Figures, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of three table button soccer game players. Traditional figures used to play this classic button Spanish game. The players are build buy attaching a printed photography or dra...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

Materials

Paper

Set of 3 Traditional Antique Button Soccer Game Figures, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of three table button soccer game players. Traditional figures used to play this classic button Spanish game. The players are build buy attaching a...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

Materials

Paper

Mid-Century Children's Toilet Cabinet with Mirror, 1970's
Located in Praha, CZ
Made in Czechoslovakia. Made of Mirror, Wood. Mirror have aged patina. Good original condition.
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1970s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Mirror, Wood

Set of 9 Traditional Antique Button Soccer Game Figures, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of nine table button soccer game players. Traditional figures used to play this classic button Spanish game. The players are build buy attaching a printed photography or drawin...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

Materials

Paper

Set of Two Antique Traditional Spanish Rag Doll, circa 1920
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Antique early 20th century pair of hand painted rag dolls of a man and a woman. Manufactured circa 1920 in Spain. In original condition, with wear consistent with age and use,...
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1920s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

Materials

Fabric

Set of 5 Traditional Antique Button Soccer Game Figures, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of five table button soccer game players. Traditional figures used to play this classic button Spanish game. The players are build buy attaching a printed photography or draw...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

Materials

Paper

Set of 5 Antique Spanish Foam Dolls, circa 1980
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Antique hand made Spanish foam doll. Manufactured circa 1980 in Spain. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Ma...
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1980s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

Materials

Foam

Children Rocking Wooden Toy
Located in Antwerp, BE
Very beautiful children's rocking chair in beech plywood minimalist craftsmanship the design of the rocking chair is essentially a nod to the shape of a swinging banana!
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Bentwood

Set of 14 Traditional Spanish Christmas Figures, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of 14 traditional Spanish Christmas figures. Made out of metal. Manufactured in Spain, circa 1950. In original condition, with minor wear consi...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Metal

Franco Albini 1960 Rattan Cane & Bamboo Rocking Horse, Animal Sculpture Italy
Located in Miami, FL
Original Franco Albini Mid-Century Modern Rattan and Bamboo Rocking Horse, Animal Sculpture. Rattan and bamboo rocking horse core with basket we...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

Materials

Bamboo, Cane, Rattan

Vintage Big Bright Blue Nutcracker, Painted Wood, Erzgebirge, Germany, 1970s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Big wooden nutcracker figure from the Erzgebirge. The region Erzgebirge formerly Eastern Germany is famous for this special kind of nutcrackers, where intricate carving has been thei...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Toys

Materials

Wood

Mid-Century Doll, Czechoslovakia, 1970's
Located in Praha, CZ
Made in Czechoslovakia Made of ffabric, plastic Original condition.
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1970s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

Materials

Fabric, Plastic

Ko Verzuu ADO Toys Houthandel Truck, circa 1940
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Toy designed by Ko Verzuu, circa 1940. Manufactured by ADO in Netherlands. Truck & trailer of wood "Houthandel". In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with ag...
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1940s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Wood

Antique Traditional Spanish Rag Doll, circa 1920
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Antique early 20th century hand painted traditional Spanish rag doll. The doll presents no costume showing the core fabric structure. Manufactured circa 19...
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1920s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Fabric

Set of Two Antique Traditional Spanish Rag Doll, circa 1920
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Antique early 20th century pair of hand painted rag dolls of two women. Manufactured circa 1920 in Spain. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, p...
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1920s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Toys

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Fabric

Mid-century Modern toys for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Mid-Century Modern toys for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the Late 20th Century, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage toys created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include folk art, more furniture and collectibles, decorative objects and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with fabric, paper and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Mid-Century Modern toys made in a specific country, there are Europe, Spain, and North America pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original toys, popular names associated with this style include Alexander Girard, Marilyn Neuhart, ADO Toys, and Franco Albini. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for toys differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $75 and tops out at $5,400 while the average work can sell for $561.

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